Festival Team

Artistic Director

Chris Hastings is a multi-award winning writer, director and producer.

Chris began his career as a writer, journalist and film critic within the radio broadcasting industry, before assuming the mantle of Artistic Director at a London fringe venue; at the time the youngest person to ever hold the position at a London theatre.


Festival Director Chris Hastings

Since setting up his own production company, Chris has gone on to become a familiar figure at festivals around the world and a regular industry panellist, from the Film Financing Forum at TIFF to the London Screenwriter’s Festival.

Chris is writer on multi-million selling, BAFTA award winning game Prison Architect for Introversion Software (with whom he worked on the Channel 4 project Chronometer) and has worked with numerous high profile names both in front of and behind the camera, from Stanley Tucci to Vilmos Zsigmond.

He is author of the George the (Almost) Fearless Mouse series of books (with renowned author and psychiatrist Dr Elaine Aron) and has a new book launching in February 2018.

His feature film The 13th has won numerous awards and he is currently in post-production on political documentary, Black Russians. He is also the writer for SableFilms International on their forthcoming feature Suki 3D.

Chris is next scheduled to film the sci fi feature Mortal and the action/thriller The Reflex, shooting in 2018. Other projects include baseball biopic Effa directed by Penny Marshall (Big, Awakenings, A League of Their Own) and Manchester United biopic The Busby Babes.

In his spare time, Chris teaches screenwriting, works as a food photographer and has his own range of cakes.